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Out of control, contained, safe? Here's what each bushfire status actually means

By Thomas Duff

In this record-breaking bushfire season, notifications from emergency managers have become a familiar feature of Australian life. Terms like out of control and contained are regularly heard as descriptions of the status of...

Precedent? Nah, the Senate gets to reinvent its rules in every impeachment

By Kirsten Carlson

Everybody seems to be using the word precedent right now. Commentators, the media and even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell use it when they discuss or debate the appropriate procedures for President Donald Trumps...

Why we need strong ethical standards for ministers – and better ways of enforcing them

By Howard Whitton

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked the head of his department to investigate whether Bridget McKenzie violated ministerial standards when she dispensed sports grants to clubs in marginal seats and those being targeted...

Joaquin Phoenix's lips mocked - here's what everyone should know about cleft lip

By Mary L. Marazita Et Al

After discussing actor Joaquin Phoenixs appearance on her talk show earlier this month, Wendy Williams received near universal condemnation for mocking those affected with cleft lip a common birth defect in which the...

Malnutrition is on the rise in older adults – how to spot the signs

By Taibat Ibitoye

While the obesity crisis is still considered the foremost public health epidemic in the west, one often overlooked condition is quickly becoming a growing concern. Malnutrition, sometimes referred to as under-nutrition,...

Mental health: one in three young people in England are struggling – new report

By Kayleigh Chester Et Al

We have seen a dramatic change in health trends for young people in the last ten years. Across most wealthy countries, such as the UK, Australia and Canada, young peoples participation in health risk behaviours such as...

Drones: forget flying taxis, here's how to win public support and make them benefit cities

By Olivier Usher Et Al

Its easy to assume, perhaps thanks to all the lurid tabloid headlines, that people dont like drones. At best, theyre a nuisance the buzzing playthings of inconsiderate hobbyists or photographers taking pictures from...

Neurotic people more likely to complain about the welfare state

By Pieter Vanhuysse

The famous big five personality traits neuroticism, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness and extroversion have been a trusted workhorse in psychology for many decades. This is not surprising: they capture the...

Silicon Valley's latest fad is dopamine fasting – and that may not be as crazy as it sounds

By A. Trevor Sutton

Silicon Valleys newest fad is dopamine fasting, or temporarily abstaining from addictive activities such as social media, music, internet gaming even food. Twitters CEO, Jack Dorsey, for example, is known for his...

Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

By Gina Solomon

Editors note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal...

The civil service doesn't just need more scientists – it needs a decision-making revolution

By David Rose Et Al

The UK governments chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, recently said he was mounting a drive to recruit more scientists and engineers into the civil service. His comments echo the much-discussed call by the...

Climate crisis: we are not individuals fighting a faceless system – we are the system that needs to change

By Tom Oliver

Climate change no longer seems just a future threat. In 2019, major fires in Australia, Russia and California burned over 13.5 million hectares of land an area four times greater than the size of Belgium. Major floods and...

Ramaphosa's famous negotiating skills have failed him. Here's why

By Matthew Graham

When Cyril Ramaphosa took over as president of South Africa in early 2018, there was a great deal of talk about a new dawn. But his term in office has failed to deliver, raising the question: has the legendary deal-maker...

Journalists covering Indigenous Peoples in renewable energy should focus on context and truth, not click-bait

By Chad Walker

We rely on the news media to help us understand the world. But news media does not provide unbiased windows. This bias has been shown to be a problem for Indigenous Peoples around the world. For example, Brad Clark of...

Can Tennis Australia honour Margaret Court and promote LGBT+ inclusivity at the same time?

By Ryan Storr Et Al

As play heats up at the Australian Open this week, so, too, has the debate around Australias most decorated tennis player, Margaret Court, and whether she should be feted on the 50th anniversary of her Grand Slam...

Australia needs a national fire inquiry – these are the 3 key areas it should deliver in

By David Bowman Et Al

Australias bushfire crisis has been unprecedented, so it demands an unprecedented national response. Never before has such a large area been burnt by multiple fires in a single fire season, including bushland in...

From 9/11 to Christchurch earthquakes: how unis have supported students after a crisis

By Prue Gonzalez

Universities across Australia including in Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle have had to close their campuses in the past few months as a result of bushfires. But the deep and long-lasting impacts of the crisis are...

Value beyond money: Australia's special dependency on volunteers to battle bushfires

By Michelle Cull

Australias unprecedented bushfires have cemented its rural firefighters at the heart of the nations identity. Its not just that these men and women put themselves in the line of fire. Its that these firies are almost...

Mosquito bites: widely available skin cream found to prevent the spread of deadly viruses – new research

By Steven Bryden Et Al

Rising temperatures, increased global travel and trade, and urbanisation are just some of the factors behind the supercharged spread of mosquito-borne viruses worldwide. Not only was last year the worst on record for...

Impeachment: a political weapon that went out of fashion in England just as it was adopted in the US

By Mark Knights

See if you can guess who this describes: a politician adored by his supporters but loathed by his enemies. A man accused of corruptly favouring his cronies and his relatives. A vain, preening man said to glory in the...

The consequences of Qasem Suleimani's death on the global energy market

By Hassan Obeid

On January 3, 2020, the decades-long conflict between the United States and Iran almost turned into a full-scale confrontation when a US drone assassinated Iranian major general Qasem Suleimani as well as Commander Abu...

Can capitalism solve capitalism’s problems?

By Elizabeth Schmidt

Capitalism is in trouble at least judging by recent polls. A majority of American millennials reject the economic system, while 55% of women age 18 to 54 say they prefer socialism. More Democrats now have a positive...

How to make the perfect cup of coffee – with a little help from science

By Jamie Foster Et Al

Have you ever wondered why the coffee you make at home tastes different from the drinks you buy in cafes? Or why coffee from the same place can taste different throughout the week? You may be quick to blame the barista for...

Roman Catholic priests have been celibate for a thousand years – but this could change

By Helen Parish

For almost a thousand years, Roman Catholic priests have been required to be celibate. But this age-old practice is now under fire, with the suggestion that the rules should be relaxed for the Latin American Catholic...

Could sleeper trains replace international air travel?

By Enrica Papa

Dutch airline KLM recently launched a new advertising campaign called Fly Responsibly. Remarkably, it seems to encourage viewers to fly less. Do you always have to meet face-to-face?, the advert asks. Could you take the...

Vladimir Putin has grown into a Russian hero – so where does he go from here?

By Jennifer Mathers

Vladimir Putin has proposed a number of changes to Russias constitution that would pave the way for him to retain his grip on political power even after he is due to step down as president in 2024. These amendments would...

Heavy rains put Kenya at risk of mosquito-borne diseases

By Eunice Anyango Owino

Kenya experienced above-average rainfall since October 2019, causing landslides and deaths. Some rivers burst their banks and dams overflowed for the first time in years. The rains have subsided but the danger isnt...

What role do assets play in understanding rural poverty?

By Dan Brockington

One of the clearest trends in wealth and poverty in Tanzania is shown by the slow decline in rural poverty relative to high national economic growth since the 1990s. Most explanations of this gap focus on the fact that the...

Sudan's deep state still poses a threat to the democratic process

By Andrew Edward Tchie Et Al

There have been a number of signs suggesting that Sudans leadership needs to accelerate the dismantling of the countrys internal security structures. And that it needs to develop a clear strategy on how they will work, and...

How Iran's military outsources its cyberthreat forces

By Dorothy Denning

In the wake of the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general and Irans retaliatory missile strike, should the U.S. be concerned about the cyberthreat from Iran? Already, pro-Iranian hackers have defaced several U.S. websites...

Tweet, stream, cloud: it's time to bring 'nature' words back to the countryside

By Glenn Hadikin

As new generations reach for words to describe the world around them they often delve into the vocabulary of nature. Words such as stream, tweet and cloud have been adopted and given new meaning, in these cases to describe...

Is secondhand screen time the new secondhand smoking?

By Joelle Renstrom

The Environmental Protection Agency first warned of secondhand smoke in 1991, some 30 years after scientists determined that smoking cigarettes causes cancer. Today, a growing body of research points toward a new indirect...

When politicians turn immigration into a 'crisis,' they hurt their own people

By Megan A. Carney

A massive influx of immigrants on the southern border led to record numbers of people entering the country without legal permission, record numbers of migrant deaths and the criminalization of humanitarian workers and...

Stoneflies and mayflies, canaries of our streams

By Boris Kondratieff

Experienced anglers recognize that for a trout, the ultimate steak dinner is a stonefly or mayfly. Thats why fly fishing enthusiasts will go to extreme lengths to imitate these graceful, elegant and fragile insects. I...

Where are the Hispanic executives?

By JD Swerzenski Et Al

Many organizations have prioritized workplace equality and access to high-paying, executive level jobs for minority groups in recent years. Several 2020 presidential candidates are putting forward plans to increase...

Palm oil: research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature ones

By Sofie Sjogersten

Tropical peat swamps are not only the native habitat of orangutans and sun bears, theyre also one of the worlds most important ecosystems. Found commonly in warm countries, including Malaysia and Indonesia, the worlds...

Lessons from Commonwealth history as the UK finds its place in a post-Brexit world

By Robert Barnes

Brexit inevitably means Britain will have to make some difficult foreign policy choices. The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, will certainly prioritise strengthening the so-called special relationship with the US. But...

Anglo-centric film culture and the continuing resistance to subtitles

By Deborah Shaw

On accepting the award for best motion picture foreign language for his movie Parasite at the 2020 Golden Globe awards, the South Korean director Bong Joon-ho challenged Anglophone audiences with his acceptance speech in...

Why can't we put people on Mars?

By Adam Hawkey

Why cant we put people on Mars? Sarthak, aged 13, Delhi, India While we havent yet put people on Mars, we may be able to in the future. As with any major human exploration, whether its climbing Mount Everest or...

South Africa's energy crisis has triggered lots of ideas: why most are wrong

By Seán Mfundza Muller Et Al

Since late last year South Africans have, once again, been subjected to power cuts by the power utility, Eskom. The need for whats called loadshedding planned power outages led to the recent resignation of Eskoms...

Can’t do what you need to do in a public toilet? You’re not alone – and there's help

By Kenley Kuoch Et Al

Most of us dont give much thought to going to the toilet. We go when we need to go. But for a small minority of people, the act of urinating or defecating can be a major source of anxiety especially when public...

Does social media make us more or less lonely? Depends on how you use it

By Roger Patulny

Humans are more connected to each other than ever, thanks to smartphones, the web and social media. At the same time, loneliness is a huge and growing social problem. Why is this so? Research shows social media use...

As Earth's population heads to 10 billion, does anything Australians do on climate change matter?

By Mark Beeson

As unprecedented bushfires continue to ravage the country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government have been rightly criticised for their reluctance to talk about the underlying drivers of this crisis. Yet its not...

Scientists still searching for causes of mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China

By Ririn Ramadhany

Scientists are still trying to analyse a new strain of coronavirus that caused a pneumonia outbreak in China, with around 300 people infected and six people dead as of Tuesday. The outbreak started in Wuhan, the...

How blockchain could prevent future data breaches

By Victoria Lemieux

Just before the new year, approximately 15 million Canadians about 40 per cent of the entire population of Canada learned that their sensitive personal data, collected by one of Canadas major lab diagnostic and testing...

The rise of the ‘porntropreneur’: even hustlers need side hustles in the gig economy

By Sophie Pezzutto

Porn is the billboard. Cam is the product, my housemate and porn performer in Las Vegas tells me. She makes most of her money from camming: a form of live streaming, where viewers tip for a sexual performance via...

BBC faces formidable challenges as it searches for a new leader

By Richard Sambrook

The BBC faces a hostile government seeking to end the licence fee in favour of advertising. Meanwhile, political polarisation has undermined consensus about its role, it faces increased competition and technology is...

The US-Iran conflict and what it means for Indonesia

By Mohamad Rezky Utama

The bitter US-Iran relationship has been going on for decades, but the tension between the two countries has started to escalate to a critical point after the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the...

Canada can better prepare to retrain workers displaced by disruptive technologies

By Alix J. Jansen Et Al

Canada must prepare for the growing need to retrain workers displaced by disruptive technologies. To do so, governments must have a thorough sense of the effectiveness of current employment retraining...

Conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires -- but we must not give up

By Stephen Garnett Et Al

That a billion animals may die as a result of this summers fires has horrified the world. For many conservation biologists and managers, however, the unprecedented extent and ferocity of the fires has incinerated much more...

Quantitative easing now looks permanent – and has turned central banks into pseudo governments

After a pause of a few months, the worlds leading central banks are printing money again to try to bolster their economies. Commonly known as quantitative easing or QE, the European Central Bank (ECB) resumed its programme...

Asian markets mixed, gold trades flat at $1,560 mark

05:12 AM| Commentary

All the major Asian indices were trading on a mixed note on Friday. Gold was trading around $1,560 mark while silver was trading around $17.78 mark. Japans Nikkei was trading 0.20 pct higher at 23,844.50...

Canada’s retail sales likely to have rebounded in November

18:59 PM| Commentary

Canadian retail sales data for the month of November is set to release tomorrow. According to a TD Economics research report, the retail sales are expected to have recovered by rising 0.3 percent after one of the largest...

Singaporean industrial output likely remained in negative territory in December

16:46 PM| Commentary

Singapores industrial output data for the month of December is set to release tomorrow. According to a DBS Bank research report, the industrial output is expected to have remained in negative territory; however, the pace...

Norges Bank keeps interest rate unchanged, likely to remain on hold in coming period

14:40 PM| Commentary Central Banks

Norwegian central bank kept the interest rate on hold today and repeated its view that rates will remain the same in the period ahead. No new rate path was presented, only a statement with Norges Banks assessment of...

Oil in Global Economy Series

A Glimpse At Crude Oil Market Driving Forces And Trade Strategies

13:53 PM| Research & Analysis

Commodity markets eased further this week, especially the energy complex dropped more than 5.10%, while agriculture was down 1.9%. The BCOM index declined 1.2% with losses somewhat offset by stronger industrial...

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of initial jobless claims, 10-year TIPS auction

11:28 AM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries surged during Thursdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys initial jobless claims, scheduled to be released today by 13:30GMT, along with the 10-year auction, also due today at 18:00GMT. The...

German bunds jump ahead of ECB’s monetary policy meeting

10:27 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds jumped during European trading session Thursday ahead of the European Central Banks (ECB) monetary policy meeting, scheduled to be held today by 12:45GMT, followed by the banks press conference, due at...

Top Stories

Despite shows of unity, Iran is more divided than ever after Soleimani killing

By Vahid Yücesoy - 05:34 AM| Insights & Views Politics

The two major events that have shaken Iran in recent weeks have also had major internal repercussions. The assassination of Qassem Soleimani by an American drone lit the fuse, sending shock waves around the world and...

Climate Change Series

Climate-linked financial crises loom, but the fix isn't up to central banks

By Richard Holden - 05:35 AM| Insights & Views Economy

The Bank for International Settlements the central bank for central banks made headlines this week with a report outlining how the next major financial crisis may come from unexpected climate risks. The book calls...

Probiotics: What they are and how you might benefit from them

By Gregor Reid - 06:06 AM| Health

Probiotics are live microorganisms, usually bacteria, that can be consumed to offer health benefits. The ability of certain microbes to confer health benefits on their host was recognized more than 100 years ago. In...

Is it OK for teens to drink coffee?

By Jennifer L. Temple - 06:09 AM| Health

When my daughter was around 14 years old, she began to ask if she could have a cup of coffee in the morning like Mom and Dad. As a scientist who studies the effects of caffeine the ingredient in coffee that helps wake you...

How political party data collection may turn off voters

By Sara Bannerman Et Al - 05:41 AM| Insights & Views Politics

The data collection practices used by political parties could pose a threat to voters engagement in the democratic process and could have negative implications for Canadian democracy. British Columbias Privacy...

Corruption in South Africa: echoes of leaders who plundered their countries

By Mandisi Majavu - 05:45 AM| Insights & Views Politics

One of the shameful achievements of the African National Congress (ANC) in its 25 years of governing post-apartheid South Africa is that its living up to the political stereotype of what is wrong with post-colonial Africa ...

Big Tobacco wants social media influencers to promote its products – can the platforms stop it?

By Andrew Rowell - 05:37 AM| Insights & Views Business

Big Tobacco likes to stay ahead of the curve it has to in order to survive. Its fundamental problem is that one in two of its long-term users die from tobacco-related diseases. To hook a new generation into addiction, it...

Econotimes Series

Economy

U.S. Treasuries steady ahead of January manufacturing, composite PMIs

The U.S. Treasuries remained steady during Fridays afternoon session ahead of the countrys manufacturing and composite PMI for the month of January, scheduled to be released today by 14:45GMT, amid an otherwise, muted...

UK gilts mixed following better-than-expected rise in January flash PMIs

The United Kingdoms gilts remained mixed during European trading hours Friday following a better-than-expected set of the countrys flash PMIs for the month of January, released today. The yield on the benchmark 10-year...

German bunds tad down following upbeat January manufacturing PMI

The German bunds remained tad down during European trading session Friday following an upbeat manufacturing PMI for the month of January, released early today. The German 10-year bond yield, which move inversely to its...

Australian dollar likely to weaken a little further in short term, says Commerzbank

The Australian dollar is expected to weaken a little further in the short term, particularly owing to the destruction caused by the recent bushfires, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The...

RBA unlikely to feel urgency to cut again as soon as next month, says St George Economics

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is not expected to feel an urgency to cut interest rates again as soon as next month, but rather, stand pat and assess incoming data, according to the latest research report from St....

Politics

Ivanka Trump praised by TV show host Samantha Bee for parental leave bill

Ivanka Trump has been earning praises for lobbying a bill that was approved by Senate in December 2019. For instance, political commentator and television host Samantha Bee praised Donald Trumps daughter for her efforts in...

Ivanka Trump 2020: Is Donald Trump grooming his daughter and senior advisor for the presidency?

As senior advisor to the president, Ivanka Trump holds a key position within Donald Trumps inner political circle. This explains why she is usually present in high-profile events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos,...

Donald Trump shock: POTUS on Greta Thunberg's climate change warnings 'she beat me out of TIME Magazine'

Donald Trump returned from the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland the other day in the midst of an ongoing impeachment trial happening at the Senate. During a news conference, when asked about teenage climate...

Melania Trump shock: FLOTUS' non-attendance at Davos reportedly a 'subliminal message' to Donald Trump

If there is one thing to know about First Lady Melania Trump, it is that she tends to make subliminal messages. Her absence at the Davos Forum may reportedly be a subliminal message to her husband. Recently, Donald...

Donald Trump fury: POTUS rants about impeachment being weaponized for 2020 election

The United States President Donald Trump is currently facing an impeachment trial at the Senate while running a reelection campaign in this years presidential elections. Even though he does not need to be present at the...

Science

Asteroids: Possibility of collision with 200 space rocks is the biggest risk to mankind, says expert

Many asteroids have been coming and passing by the planet, and many scientists believe that it is an inevitable possibility that an asteroid is going to hit Earth sometime in the near or very distant future. Now, an expert...

Antarctica: Scientists discover fossil of 40 million-year-old animal

Just when we think all the fossils of long ago were all found, we end up getting surprised at sudden discoveries in recent years. A new report emerges as scientists in Antarctica discover fossils belonging to an animal 40...

Taal volcano predicted to have explosive eruption

The Philippines was suddenly placed on high alert when the Taal volcano erupted. However, it appears that it is only just beginning as a new report reveals that the volcano may be gearing up for an explosive eruption...

Asteroids: Footage of Chelyabinsk meteor collision reveals the actual devastation caused

In 2013, a meteor made an unannounced visit and crash-landed in the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia. Now, footage capturing the incident shows just how bad the impact of the meteor was. The Chelyabinsk meteor incident is...

Asteroids: NASA spots space rock traveling 25,433 mph towards Earth

Another asteroid is set to make an approach towards Earths orbit, as NASAs asteroid trackers have noticed. It is now down to whether or not the asteroid will strike, and if it does not, how close is it going to...

Technology

‘Skull and Bones’ gameplay: Customize ships and deceive enemies to conduct ambushes

Skull Bones is an upcoming naval combat action video game from Ubisoft. Originally slated for a 2018 launch, the title will be coming out this year but a definite release date is yet to be announced, according to...

‘Total War: Warhammer 3’ update: Ogre Kingdom, Chaos Daemons, and Chaos Dwarfs will be playable factions

The upcoming Total War: Warhammer 3 is one of the most anticipated titles for fans of strategy games. Heres whats known about the upcoming strategy title. Will there be a Total War: Warhammer 3? This is a common...

iOS 14: Are iPad users finally getting a built-in calculator app?

The development of iOS is one of the reasons why Apple has maintained a loyal customer base for the iPhone and iPad lineups over the years. The company, however, still has some questionable decisions, including the choice...

‘PUBG Mobile’ v.0.17.0 anticipated going live in February

A new month is right around the corner, and that means another batch of patches is arriving for PUBG Mobile. The new features have been previewed in the v0.17.0 beta that includes a couple of new visual-related settings, a...

Pixelbook Go's Not Pink variant is finally available

Google announced the Pixelbook Go last fall, but it technically saw a gradual retail release as not all configurations and color variants became immediately available after the announcement. The good news now is Chromebook...
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